Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Monday, August 22, 2016

Carrying On

Now that I'm at the one week mark, I think the most difficult thing I'm feeling is the sense of aimlessness. I can't seem to settle on anything. When I'm at the beach, I'm thinking of what I need to be doing in the house, yet when I'm in the house, I'm thinking it's a waste of time to be indoors. I go into a room, wander into another, pick up a book, pick up my knitting, pick up the phone, or start cleaning something. I know I'll settle into a routine soon enough, especially once I go back to work next Monday, but it is challenging at the moment. Thank you to all who have commented or emailed; it is so lovely to feel your support.

Beach pictures!

I'm not sure why the water has been looking so sparkly lately, but probably something to do with the angle of the sun's rays. These were taken early Saturday morning.


I've been weeding all the flower beds, an hour here and there. Can't do longer stretches because of the heat and/or my sore toe, but it is looking better.


I will take the winter to decide how to change a few things up so that there is less maintenance for me. I think planting more rosemary is in my future though. Such a great plant for this area.

I like my homemade wreath on the front door, but I think it needs something else; a bow, maybe?

One of the changes inside has been to swap my craft room from the front bedroom to the back one, which is a tiny bit larger and has two windows. And this piece of furniture is now a yarn cupboard. I'm nervous about taking it out of the ziplock bags, but I've put plenty of moth repellant herbs in there.

The room is still a mess, but I'm taking my time. Truthfully, I'm a bit overwhelmed and will work on it when the mood strikes me.

Instead, I've been knitting more than usual. This is the Antarktik shawl, and I'm using two skeins of Sundara yarn that Meredith, my oldest, gifted me a few years ago. It's a pretty intuitive pattern, easy to work on while binge watching Father Brown mysteries.
We had a storm last night which lowered the humidity and temperatures just enough to make it a gorgeous beach day. Again, the water is just sparkling! Lots of waves for the bay, but typical after a storm.
Lori and Martha came over to hang out with me today and it was lovely. I love seeing the sailboats out.


That blue!

This photo of Gracie was taken last week on one of our hotter days. I had the ceiling fan and the floor fan going.

And this was last night, while I watched my PBS Sunday night shows; she's just not that interested in Inspector Lewis!



  1. Oh the beach looks so nice! And I love your yarn cabinet.

    The yarn you are using is one of my favorite colors - I like how it seems in the photo that there are various tones and shades.

    Gracie is so sweet. Take care.

  2. Someone far wiser than me said something about each marriage being its own country. Thus, you have just moved to a foreign country, so it is no wonder that life feels unsettled.
    I love Antarktis and can't wait to start a second. First, though, I have to get some thing off the needles.

  3. The beach looks wonderful...I no longer go in the sun and I really miss it! And what a great yarn cabinet. Take it easy on yourself...all will fall in place eventually.

  4. Take you time Rose, there is no hurry to settle into a different routine. Just knit, walk on the beach, pet Gracie, treat yourself with kindness and respect.